KPS credits Kzoo Promise for top student count in decades

Loy Norrix High School (file photo courtesy
Loy Norrix High School (file photo courtesy

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Kalamazoo Public Schools is celebrating its highest enrollment in 36 years.

The district says it recorded 12,772 students from kindergarten through 12th grade during the recent count day, making it the 12th largest district in the state.

KPS credited the Kalamazoo Promise for its growing number of students. The district said it’s seen enrollment rise ever since the Kalamazoo Promise was introduced. In 2006, the district filled 1,008 more desks, marking its first student increase since the early 1970s.

The district is on track to keep on growing. In the last several years, KPS says it’s nearly doubled its pre-kindergarten slots and quintupled the number of students in full-day kindergarten.

More students are getting a head start on college before they can collect on the Kalamazoo Promise. KPS says the number of students taking Advanced Placement courses has more than doubled in the past several years as well.